Woman arrested after personal care home raid denied bond

Woman arrested after personal care home raid denied bond

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Georgia woman, facing multiple felony charges, went before a Dougherty County judge on Thursday morning.

Michelle Oliver is charged with operating an unlicensed personal care home in Albany and exploitation and intimidation of the disabled and elderly.

Judge John Stephenson read charges to 37-year-old Michelle Oliver inside an Albany courtroom.

"Miss Oliver do you understand that you are charged with two felonies at this time?" said Stephenson, as Oliver shook her head with approval.

Oliver was arrested Tuesday at her home in Forsyth. This after the GBI led a number of raids on her homes and property throughout the state, finding more than a dozen elderly or disabled people in what many describe as horrible conditions.

The GBI said they started its investigation into the apartments on South Jackson Street back in July after reports of people living there begging for food.

During the first appearance, Dougherty County Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Hager asked the judge to deny her bond.

"She is essentially the head, or higher up in a pretty large operation," said Hagar.

Earlier this week GBI was on scene at the properties on Flintside Drive in Albany, where prosecutors said they found at least seven elderly or disabled adults who had to be treated by paramedics.They were then taken to licensed facilities.

"It was sad to see them going around. They were hungry," described one neighbor.

She said it's about time Oliver is behind bars. She said the adults came about a year ago and Oliver completely neglected them.

"I fed them for a week," explained the neighbor. "Three hot meals a day and they came back for seconds, thirds, until all the food was gone."

On Thursday code enforcement officials went through the apartments.

They sent out a violation to some of the apartments, deeming them unfit for human occupancy.

The landlord was also on scene of the complex, but didn't comment.  When a WALB reporter approached his car, he sped off.

Oliver was not silent during her first appearance.

"The state of Georgia right now has no place for these people," explained Oliver to the judge. She told him she has multiple personal care homes across the the state. She told the judge that state officials have inspected her facilities in the past.

"Our agency is guilty of assisting these people and having housing. We're guilty of providing them with medications when they don't have any insurance," said Oliver before the judge cut her off.

Judge John Stephenson denied Oliver bond.

The investigation is still ongoing.

More charges are expected.

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